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    Father Seeks Treatment For Son’s Addiction To Marijuana

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    Father Seeks Treatment For Son’s Addiction To Marijuana

    Caller: Father calling on behalf of son

    Problem: Marijuana addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient rehab with one on one counseling

    Reason(s): The dad is worried that his son is going to be in serious legal problems because he is unable to stop using marijuana. After previous legal problems and discussions with a probation officer, the father wants to know if there is something that he could do for his son to help make a change. He said, “I know that some people are going to tell you that marijuana is not addictive. They can cite sources until they are blue in the face, but the truth is that people might not have the crazy cravings that you get from heroin, but that does not mean it is not addictive.” He said that his son began using early on in order to be closer with his friends – they made smoking cannabis something to do together. The dad also suggested that while his son is in contact with the rest of his family, the family ties are not strong. He said, “Part of the reason that he needs help is because he has become enamored with the idea of using. He has the idea that this is somehow his identity and that if he does not continue using marijuana, he will not have any friends. He needs to understand that there is a different way to be social and a different way to make friends. I discussed this with him and we both agree that this is not something that you are just going to change in three weeks.” He may need help with counseling to see that he can make new friends and can survive without marijuana, though it may take a while.

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